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Holiday road trips: The best of times, the worst of times

| Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005

Over the river and through the woods ...

As the holiday season approaches, two words come to mind: ROAD TRIP!

Trucking off to Grandma's house, catching up with family on the coast, driving home from college -- these are a few of our favorite things.

But sometimes when we pack up the family and head to the wide-open road -- or wide-open sky -- funny things happen along the way. Grandma gets left at the rest stop. Dad's shortcut adds 2 hours to the trip. Your brother's inability to ask directions leads to a complete mutiny.

Share your tale of road trips past, and you will be eligible for a great prize package that will help make your next excursion a little more sane.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • A portable DVD player

  • A road-trip DVD package of "National Lampoon's Vacation," "It Happened One Night," "Trains, Planes and Automobiles," "Around the World in 80 Days" and "Benji"

  • Travel versions on Battleship and Yahtzee

  • Wet Ones moist towelettes

  • Ear plugs

    Two runners-up will receive:

  • Travel versions on Battleship and Yahtzee

  • A roadside emergency kit

    Winning entries will be published in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Tribune Review and The Valley News Dispatch on Nov. 22. And we'll try to include as many additional entries as we can.

    Please keep your story to 300 words or less.

    Send your entry to:

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review

    Road Trip Pittsburgh Tribune-Review D.L. Clark Building 503 Martindale St. Pittsburgh, PA 15212 Or email to tribliving@tribweb.com .

    Entries must be received by 3 p.m. Nov. 18.

    Include your full name, address and telephone number. Only those within the Pittsburgh Trib circulation area are eligible for prizes.

    Valley News Dispatch

    Send your entry to:

    Road Trip Valley News Dispatch 210 Fourth Ave. Tarentum, PA 15084 Or email to vndlife@tribweb.com .

    Entries must be received by 3 p.m. Nov. 18.

    Include your full name, address and telephone number. Only those within the Valley News Dispatch circulation area are eligible for prizes.

    Don't make me come back there!

    Tribune-Review

    Send your entry to:

    Road Trip Tribune-Review 622 Cabin Hill Drive Greensburg, PA 15601 Or email to features@tribweb.com .

    Entries must be received by 3 p.m. Nov. 18.

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